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Gingerbread Puddings with Candied Apples

Gingerbread Puddings with Candied Apples

Ingredients

CANDIED APPLE GARNISH

  • 8 cups unsweetened apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/3-inch cubes (about 4 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

GINGERBREAD

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses

PUDDINGS

  • 2 4-inch-long pieces fresh ginger (about 4 ounces), peeled, thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cream or crème fraîche

Recipe Preparation

CANDIED APPLE GARNISH

  • Combine all ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until apples are soft and translucent and cider coats apples thickly, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours. Transfer to bowl and cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

GINGERBREAD

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9x9x2-inch metal baking pan. Whisk first 7 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add brown sugar and egg and beat until blended. Beat in molasses, then flour mixture. Using rubber spatula, stir in 1/2 cup boiling water. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

  • Bake gingerbread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer pan to rack and cool gingerbread completely in pan. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover pan with foil; let stand at room temperature.

PUDDINGS

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine milk, fresh ginger, and peppercorns in heavy medium saucepan; bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla, ground ginger, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk hot milk mixture into egg mixture. Strain custard into medium bowl; discard solids in strainer.

  • Cut enough gingerbread into 1/2-inch cubes to measure 5 1/3 cups (reserve any remaining gingerbread for another use). Divide gingerbread cubes among eight 3/4-cup custard cups or ramekins. Pour custard over gingerbread in each cup, dividing equally. Let stand 15 minutes to allow gingerbread to absorb some custard.

  • Place cups in roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of cups. Cover pan with foil. Bake puddings until set, about 1 hour. Remove from water bath.

  • Serve puddings warm or at room temperature, topped with candied apple garnish and ice cream.

Recipe by Gabrielle Hamilton,Reviews Section

Christmas Week: Mini Holiday Gingerbread Loaves

Welcome back to Christmas Week! As soon as I saw that today's theme was Gingerbread Surprise, I knew immediately what I should make - my own homemade take on the oh-so-addictive Holiday Gingerbread from Starbucks.

Truth is, I've got a bit of a Starbucks habit.

I'm one of those folks who can't do anything without my daily 2pm caffeine fix, which usually comes in the form of a tall non-fat latte. Sometimes I get a little crazy and add a vanilla shot, but that's about as far as I'm willing to stray. I like to think I've got it under control.

That is, until the red holiday cups show up at the beginning of November. That's when I know I'm in trouble, because that can only mean one thing: the holiday gingerbread is back.


Gingerbread Hedgehog Cookies

Gingerbread hedgehog cookies are a favorite in my family. This cookie uses a flavorful spiced base, rolls out easily, and lends itself to various shapes or decorations.

Make the dough

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat well. Dissolve baking soda in milk, then add that to the batter also.

Sift together the dry ingredients, then add to the batter, mixing thoroughly. Wrap the dough and chill for at least 24 hours and up to 1 week.

On baking day

Heat oven to 350˚F. On a very lightly floured surface, roll out the dough thinly – not quite as thin as you’d roll a pie crust – and cut into shapes. Place the cookies on parchment-paper lined baking sheet leaving one inch between them they will not spread much.

Bake at 350˚ 6 to 8 minutes, until the cookies are firm but not much browned. Transfer the parchment with cookies to a rack to cool.

Decoration

There are several options for decorating. Before baking: mix 1 tablespoon cold water with the white of one egg, and brush this on the cookies. You might also choose to press nuts or candied fruits on the tops.

After baking: drizzle with a simple confectioners sugar and milk glaze, or as shown above, use a more substantial royal icing and apply various cookie decors while the icing is still wet. This will harden in an hour or two, making the cookies easy to pack.


Gabrielle Hamilton

Tarte Tatin, the classic French dessert, is made by putting butter and sugar in a shallow baking dish, then topping the mixture with apples and a pastry crust. As the dish bakes, the butter and sugar turn into caramel. The finished dessert is inverted onto a plate, with the caramel sauce on top. In this version, pears stand in for apples and the crust and topping are made separately, then assembled before serving.

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Fresh Herb, Grapefruit, and Fennel Salad

Paper-thin slices of fennel, juicy grapefruit segments, and fresh parsley and mint make a beautiful winter salad. Using a V-slicer to cut the fennel helps the easy side dish come together even more quickly.

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Pickled Shrimp

A quick pickling gives the shrimp a bright, tangy flavor. Timing note: The shrimp need to chill in the pickling mixture for three to six hours before serving.

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Roasted Onions with Gruyère Croutons

This combination of several different varieties of roasted onions, crunchy croutons, and melted cheese is great with the pork.

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Roasted Salt-and Spice-Packed Pork Loin

Roasting the pork at a low temperature in a spiced salt mixture amps up the flavor of the meat and makes it extra-tender. After cooking the pork, the rack of bones is cut off and used to hold the roast for easy carving.

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Yams with Crispy Skins and Brown-Butter Vinaigrette

Tender slices of sweet roasted yam are topped with a tangy Dijon dressing—and a scattering of addictive fried yam skins.

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Brown Sugar-Balsamic Swirl Ice Cream

The custard needs to be refrigerated overnight before it's processed in the ice cream maker, so plan accordingly.

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Gingerbread Puddings with Candied Apples

This recipe yields extra gingerbread — enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Tangerine Granita

Start this at least one day before serving.

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Tangerine-Date Tartlets with Buttermilk Whipped Cream and Tangerine Granita

Chocolate-Pistachio Torte with Warm Chocolate Ganache

There will be a bit of pistachio paste left over: stir it into your next batch of brownies.

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Cornmeal Pound Cake with Rosemary Syrup, Poached Pears, and Candied Rosemary

It's all about the interplay between cake, syrup, and pears in this sophisticated dessert. The rosemary syrup would also be delicious in a cup of tea.

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How to Make amish friendship bread Miscellaneous Variations

make Friendship Bread with dried apples and caramel instant pudding (makes it like caramel apples).


Last night I tried 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, 3/4 cup macadamia nuts and used cheesecake pudding. Delicious.


Substitute 2 tablespoons molasses for equal amount of sugar and add spices to make gingerbread.


throw in a box of chopped dates and a cup of chopped pecans. Then, instead of using two loaf pans, I bake it in a bundt pan.


add 1 cup of drained crushed pineapple, 1 cup shredded coconut and pistachio pudding (instead of vanilla). Very yummy.


Great bread (cake) . My neighbor gave me a starter before leaving for vacation. I've gained 5 lbs. but it's worth every bite. I used 1/2 cup nuts and 1/2 cup white raisins to die for.


use 1 small box of orange jello, 1 c. drained mandarin oranges


use 1 small box of strawberry jello, 1 c. thawed strawberries. These are very good and I get raving reviews about them .


Use Cheesecake pudding instead of vanilla pudding and add chopped maraschino cherries (about 6 with some juice). This tastes great and looks very festive.

omit vanilla pudding and add butter pecan pudding and 1 cup pecans


Blue/raspberry bread
add 1/2 cup Blueberries and 1/2 cup raspberries


add candied fruit mix and walnuts and almonds. The result was a tasty fruitcake."


Mother’s Day No Bake Truffle Pie - by Jessica Taylor

A decadent, microwave chocolate truffle pie that is so easy to make, the kids can do it! Makes 1 pie.


Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cookie crumb crust (chocolate)

Instructions:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix together the chocolate and half of the heavy cream. On high setting, cook for 60 seconds to two minutes, stirring intermittently. Mixture should be smooth. Let cool, then add in the sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. In another bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the heavy cream, beat until there are soft peaks. Add in the chocolate mixture slowly, and beat until well combined. Pour into cookie crumb crust and let chill overnight. Top with whip cream and serve.

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30 Easy Acid Reflux-Friendly Holiday Desserts

Acid reflux-friendly holiday desserts make it easy to prepare Christmas treats without worrying about triggering GERD symptoms.

Making acid reflux-friendly holiday desserts sounds like a simple enough task. However, when you do a general search for holiday desserts on Google or Pinterest or within a specific food blog, you&rsquore flooded with recipes containing chocolate, mint, peppermint, and orange. While there are lots of great holiday dessert recipes that don&rsquot contain these ingredients, it can be hard to know where to turn when doing a general search.

So I&rsquove rounded up a fantastic selection of holiday dessert options, all of which are acid reflux-friendly. I&rsquove included cookies, pies, fudge, bread puddings, cakes, and more. You&rsquoll find conventional holiday favorites, such as thumbprint cookies and gingerbread cake, as well as more unique desserts, such as mousse parfaits and creme brulee. You&rsquore sure to find something that appeals to your personal taste preferences.

All of the recipes here are easy with simple ingredient lists and straightforward prep processes. Some recipes are more time-intensive but aren&rsquot hard. Always make sure to read the recipe in full before starting preparation, so they are no surprises, particularly when you&rsquore getting ready for a holiday party.

I know that most people searching for acid reflux-friendly holiday desserts are simply trying to avoid chocolate, mint, peppermint, and citrus fruits. You&rsquore not necessarily looking for a comprehensive resource about acid reflux diets. If you are looking for further GERD symptom resources, I encourage you to check out my acid reflux-friendly breakfast and dinner posts. In addition to a wealth of recipes, I discuss the best and worst foods for acid reflux, general tips for eating with acid reflux, and lifestyle changes to further reduce symptoms. I also offer a free printable acid reflux foods reference sheet.

[Disclaimer: I am not a physician. I&rsquom a life-long acid reflux sufferer who has been actively treating symptoms through diet, medication, and lifestyle changes my entire adult life. The acid reflux advice I give is based off my personal experience with the condition as well as research specific to the topics I cover on this blog. If you have any questions about acid reflux diet or any other aspect of GERD treatment, please consult your doctor.]

1. Thumbprint cookies

How Sweet Eat&rsquos thumbprint cookies are an old-school classic for the holiday season. They&rsquore filled with buttercream or cream cheese frosting and then rolled in pink and green coconut. Dyed canned frosting works great for this recipe.

2. Soft gingersnap cookies

Two Peas and Their Pod&rsquos soft gingersnap cookies are the only cookies I want to eat at Christmastime. They&rsquore simple and exactly what you want in a chewy gingersnap cookie without anything extra.

3. Peanut butter fudge

The Almond Eater&rsquos peanut butter fudge is dairy-free and contains just five ingredients. It comes together quickly and is stored in the freezer, which means you can prep it well in advance for holiday parties and then can keep enjoying it all winter long.

4. Dutch apple pie recipe

Dutch apple pie is a classic pie recipe that works well for just about any holiday. Cooking Classy&rsquos Dutch apple pie recipe features a homemade crust and is finished with a sweet and buttery streusel crumb topping.

5. Christmas sugar cookie bars

Just So Tasty&rsquos Christmas sugar cookie bars are every bit as delicious and festive as regular sugar cookies but so much less work. They&rsquore extra soft with a thick layer of frosting and finished with holiday sprinkles.

6. Mini pecan pies

Live Well Bake Often&rsquos mini pecan pies are ideal for holiday gatherings because everyone gets to try a few bites of pie without having to cut big slices. You can even make them ahead of time, which is perfect for entertaining.

7. Hot buttered rum bread pudding

The Wanderlust Kitchen&rsquos hot buttered rum bread pudding takes bread pudding to a whole new level. Prep her hot buttered rum mix ahead of time for delicious hot buttered rum drinks all holiday season and easy bread pudding whenever you like.

8. Biscoff pie

Gimme Some Oven&rsquos biscoff pie celebrates everything you love about biscoff cookies and spread in pie form. It involves separate steps to make the crust, filling, and topping. But none of the steps are hard, and you can make it ahead of time for stress-free entertaining.

9. Sour cream sugar cookies

The Modern Proper&rsquos sour cream sugar cookies recipe seems a little old-fashioned. It&rsquos held the test of three generations, so it&rsquos well worth sticking to the recipe as written. She shares lots of tips for decorating the cookies.

10. Gingerbread cream pie

Lauren&rsquos Latest&rsquos gingerbread cream pie is a fantastic way to enjoy gingerbread for the holidays with a recipe you haven&rsquot made dozens of times already. It&rsquos the perfect combination of sweet and slightly spicy just like your favorite gingerbread cookie. With a blind baked pie shell ready to go, the rest of the recipe comes together in just 10 minutes.

11. Butter toffee pretzels

Simply Sated&rsquos butter toffee pretzels are a highly addictive salty-sweet snack or dessert that no one will be able to stop eating. It takes a little practice to get the temperature just right, so the coating hardens without getting sticky. Then you&rsquoll be able to whip up this amazing pretzel treat in no time.

12. Divinity candy

House of Nash&rsquos old-fashioned divinity candy is a nostalgic classic that&rsquos sure to be a favorite on every holiday dessert tray. It&rsquos very sweet with just the right amount of crunch from the pecans.

13. Vanilla rum creme brulee

Creme brulee is one of those desserts that seems complicated and intimidating. In reality, it couldn&rsquot be simpler and will wow family and friends every time. The Cozy Apron&rsquos creme brulee features vanilla bean and rum to take the flavor up a notch.

14. White Christmas sparkle cake

How Sweet Eat&rsquos white Christmas sparkle cake is absolutely stunning. You can make the cake layers from scratch or add vanilla and almond extracts to a mix. Sugared cranberries and rosemary are optional but add a beautiful touch.

15. Gingerbread popcorn

Hunger Thirst Play&rsquos gingerbread popcorn is slightly spicy, balanced out with kettlecorn-style sweetness and classic popcorn crunch. You won&rsquot be able to stop eating this addictive sweet snack all holiday season.

16. Buttery pecan snowball cookies

Small Town Woman&rsquos buttery pecan snowball cookies are exactly what you expect from pecan snowball Christmas cookies. Everyone looks forward to them on a holiday cookie platter or in a Christmas cookie gift basket.

17. Coconut thumbprint cookies

If you need another thumbprint cookie recipe, The Modern Proper&rsquos coconut thumbprint cookies with salted caramel are a great option. Everyone will expect them to be filled with chocolate, making the salted caramel a nice surprise.

18. Apple pie bread pudding

Oh, Sweet Basil&rsquos apple pie bread pudding with vanilla sauce is an indulgent sweet bread pudding with a to-die-for vanilla sauce that&rsquos the perfect treat for holiday parties. Sweet glazed apples and walnuts give the bread pudding just the right amount of crunch and texture.

19. Gingerbread bundt cake

I&rsquom always a sucker for a good bundt cake. Two Peas and Their Pod&rsquos gingerbread bundt cake is easy to make, super moist, and perfectly spiced. The gingerbread flavor is perfect for the holidays, the dusting of powdered sugar is so pretty, and the brown butter takes the flavor over the top.

20. Eggnog cookies

I don&rsquot love to drink eggnog, but it&rsquos a great addition to holiday desserts. Cooking Classy&rsquos eggnog cookies are ridiculously soft with a fluffy, cake-like texture. They have the perfect amount of spice and are finished with a rich eggnog icing.

21. Vanilla rum cupcakes

The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen&rsquos vanilla rum cupcakes with eggnog buttercream have the most amazing holiday flavor combination. Vanilla rum makes a terrific base for the cupcakes, and then the eggnog buttercream takes them over the top.

22. Coconut cream pie bars

Coconut cream pie bars are one of my all-time favorite desserts that works well for just about any holiday or special occasion, including Christmas. I know that it seems like a lot of work to make each layer of Willow Bird Baking&rsquos coconut cream pie bars from scratch. But you can do it in steps as you have time, and it&rsquos well worth the effort.

23. Candied pecans

Homemade spiced nuts are so easy and make your house smell ridiculously good. Live Well Bake Often&rsquos candied pecans can be customized with the nuts and spices of your choosing.

24. Butterscotch pie

When you can&rsquot take another gingerbread dessert and are over pumpkin but are trying to avoid all of the chocolate holiday desserts, Handle the Heat&rsquos butterscotch pie is a great option. It&rsquos made with a spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and whipped cream.

25. Cranberry chai spice thumbprint cookies

I had to include one more thumbprint cookie recipe, this time for The Almond Eater&rsquos cranberry chai spice thumbprint cookies. Cranberry chai spice is another flavor combination people won&rsquot expect for holiday thumbprint cookies but will always enjoy. Blood oranges, cranberries, and cinnamon is such an amazing combination. If oranges trigger your reflux, sub in a non-citrus fruit, such as apple or pear.

26. Eggnog mousse parfaits

Real Housemom&rsquos eggnog mousse parfaits are the perfect single-serving holiday dessert. They have a graham cracker crust, creamy eggnog mousse, and generous topping of whipped cream.

27. Gingerbread poke cake

Crafty Morning&rsquos gingerbread poke cake comes together so quickly, thanks to boxed spice cake mix, Cool Whip, and store bought gingersnap cookies. The recommended caramel ice cream topping is the perfect finish for this easy cake recipe.

28. Christmas pinwheel cookies

How festive are House of Nash Eat&rsquos Christmas pinwheel cookies? They&rsquore a little time-consuming but not at all difficult and worth the effort for the beautiful presentation. Finish the cookies off with sprinkles on the edges.

29. Cranberry bundt cake

Beyond the Chicken Coop&rsquos cranberry bundt cake is gorgeous and packed with delicious, slightly tart cranberry flavor. Save a few cranberries to sprinkle on the plate for serving, and finish the cake off with a dusting of powdered sugar.

30. Whipped shortbread cookies

Just So Tasty&rsquos whipped shortbread cookies are everything you love about great buttery shortbread cookies with a festive holiday finish. I love that she makes them bite-sized, as it&rsquos ideal for holiday cookie trays.

Did you make one or more of the easy acid reflux-friendly holiday desserts?

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The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove from every part of which, bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge’s time, or Marley’s, or for many and many a winter season gone. Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam.

Every Christmas season at some point all of us siblings congregate together and spend a glorious several hours decorating sugar cookies — creating wreaths of colors impossible in nature, giving angels blue wings and Christmas trees snow on their branches. Icing ends up on everything, including on our faces. Sleigh Ride and Feliz Navidad and The Little Drummer Boy play in the background, drowned out at times by our laughter.

Christmas food is very important in our household. Every year we make our traditional gingerbread men, sugar cookies, homemade hot chocolate, candied nuts… and in honor of the season, I thought a few recipes would be a perfect addition in the #CuriousWrenChristmasCountdown.

Gingerbread People

1 and 1/2 cups dark molasses

1 teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix molasses, butter, brown sugar, and water. Combine dry ingredients separately. Add dry ingredients to molasses concoction. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on floured surface (I sometimes use powdered sugar instead of flour). Cut with floured (powdered sugared) cookie cutters. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake until no indentation remains when touched, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. Frost. Prepare to want to eat all of the gingerbread in one seating. Recommend festive Christmas music to enhance the scene.

(makes about two dozen cookies)

Apple Taffy Salad

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

8 ounce container of Cool Whip

6 large apples (peeled, cored, and cubed)

1 cup dry roasted peanuts (chopped)

  1. Squeeze pineapple by hand. Drain juice. Set aside squeezed pineapple. Combine juice with egg, sugar, flour, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Beat ingredients on low speed. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Cool completely.
  2. Place cubed apples and crushed, squeezed pineapple in large mixing bowl. Add saucepan mixture.
  3. Fold in Cool Whip and 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts.
  4. Sprinkle remaining peanuts on top.

This is easily one of my favorite recipes of all time. I could live on this stuff, people.

Also, I trotted over to Pinterest to look for more tasty recipes and basically I am now starving and craving ALL THE THINGS.


17. Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Trust me: whipping your sweet potatoes is a game-changer.

As much as I love the texture (I usually leave the skins on!), these are smooth and impossible to resist.

Serve them with your favorite holiday roast, or keep a batch for some incredible sweet potato pancakes.


Apple recipes

The humble apple is one of the most versatile of fruits, whether it’s for eating or drinking, sweet or savoury, there is an apple variety to suit most uses. Traditional English apples vary from red-skinned Galas, golden Russets and plummy Spartans, to the king of cooking apples, the plump and fluffy Bramley.

Apple is primarily used in desserts owing to its saccharine flavour once cooked. Often it is paired with other sweeter fruits like blackberry or pomegranate and is also wonderfully complemented by buttery pastry – which would explain why apple pies and tarts, such as Marcus Wareing’s tarte Tatin, are such treasured dishes.

The most classic savoury pairing is pork and apple, as its tartness offsets the fatty quality of the meat, as in James Mackenzie’s gammon cooked in scrumpy cider. In the same way duck and apple, or apple and cheese make great combinations.